The hospital provides a lot of items for mommy and baby for the hospital stay as well as to take home postpartum. Granted, your insurance (or you) are paying quite a hefty bill, so take advantage of everything the hospital offers.
All of my friends told me to take advantage of what the hospital offers. By taking advantage, they meant take stuff home. As soon as the nurses bring you items, put them in your suitcase and ask for more.
In fact, the nurses expect this of you. One of the nurses was surprised we left some of the burp cloths and water bottles behind.
So, don’t feel guilty taking things. The hospital had things that I could not find anywhere else; I am so glad I snatched them while I could.
Times the Hospital Provides that are Worth Taking Home
- Diapers: The hospital will give you all the newborn diapers you need. I didn’t even have to buy newborn diapers because they gave us so many.
- Baby Blankets: We ended up liking the hospital blankets for swaddling more than the typical “swaddle” blankets. Why? because you could make them tighter more easily.
- Burp Cloths: The burp cloths at our hospital were cloth diapers. They were thicker than any burp cloths I could find online. We use them for burp cloths and to catch any extra “spray” on the changing pad.
- T-shirts: The hospital provided little shirts that were just that: shirts. They did not have snaps at the bottom and stopped right around little E’s umbilical chord. This made it easy to change E quickly and the cloth didn’t bother her umbilical chord. I later bought these shirts which button in the front. This meant I didn’t have to unbutton her to change her diaper nor did I I have to put the shirt over her head.
- Underwear and pads: The mesh underwear and pads the hospital provides were amazing. I didn’t worry about ruining any of my own underwear; they were so stretchy I didn’t feel restricted or notice that I was still a few pounds heavier than normal. I ended up using these for almost 6 weeks after I got out of the hospital.
- Witch Hazel and numbing spray: This was helpful those first few days home to help with pain.
- Water Bottles: The water bottles given to us have been AMAZING. They are 20oz and have kept me accountable to make sure I drink enough while breastfeeding.
- Pump and nursing items: The lactation Consultant that visited me gave me many pumping items. Also, her expertise was invaluable.
- Cold and hot gel pads: The cold pads go in your underwear to help numb where you may have stitches. And the hot gel pads go on your breasts to help with let down and nursing as you begin. I could not find these disposable pads online, so take as many as you can!
These are the fabulous items we were able to continue using for many weeks postpartum.
I would love to hear from you–What items at the hospital did you take home (or wish you took home) that was helpful postpartum?